Childcare

Family Day Care

The City of Casey Family Day Care service  is a child care service providing childcare in the homes of registered Family Day Care Educators. Family Day Care Educators are registered with the Council to provide a quality education and care environment for children from birth to 12 years and all must hold or be actively completing a minimum of Certificate III in childcare qualification.  Family Day Care provides a home environment,  with a maximum of four children under school age or a total of seven children including school age children at one time. The Councils coordination Unit supports and monitors Family Day Care Educators through regular unannounced home visits by qualified staff and ongoing training and resources.

Family Day Care is an affordable and flexible service funded by the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and licenced under the Department of Education (DoE) Education and Care Services National Regulations.

Long Day Care

Long Day Care Centres provide care primarily for 0-6 year olds giving priority to parents who are working, studying or training for work, or actively looking for work.  Education and care programs are provided based on the developmental needs, interests and experience of each child.  Centres typically operate for at least 8 hours per day on normal working days for a minimum of 48 weeks per year.

Long Day Care is subject to the Victorian Children's Services Act 1996 and the Children's Services Regulations 1988.  Funding for long day care is the responsibility of the Australian Government.  To provide Child Care Benefit a Long Day Care Centre must be registered and accredited with the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

Outside School Hours Care

This includes Before and After School Care and Vacation Care for primary school aged children.
 
Outside School Hours Care programs (OSHC) are usually held on site at the primary school where the children attend and are managed either by the school or an external agent.  Some private child care centres also offer an OSHC service and may collect and deliver children to school.
 
Contact the Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305 for information regarding OSHC programs in your area.
 
The City of Casey provides advice, assistance, support and resources to providers of OSHC programs.  This includes regular in-service training and networking opportunities for service providers.

Occasional Care

There are three types of occasional care in Victoria.

Formula Funded Occasional Care: These services are generally located near large shopping hubs. They are funded by the Australian Government and offer Child Care Benefit to eligible parents. There are approximately 20 of these centres in Victoria. 

Take-A-Break services enable parents of young children to participate in a range of activities including study, recreational classes, shopping, social events, and voluntary community activities. These programs are usually held in community centres, leisure centres and gymnasiums and offer care for up to 3 hours at a time.

The Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE Program) enables parents to participate in adult, community and further education courses. ACFE Programs are usually found in  neighbourhood houses, learning centres, adult learning groups, adult literacy groups, community centre or community houses.  Funding is provided to help providers of adult and community education to meet the cost of child care associated with attendance at ACFE courses.

Family and Children's Centre locations

Find a Family and Children's Centre near you.